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Is that the sound of double-dipping? Oh right, it must be Warner Bros with another extraneous Blu-ray set. Having already released a terrific Stanley Kubrick collection in 2011, they now hit us with a bigger, sexier box set… with one fewer movie and several more documentaries to differentiate it from the old one. In and of itself, it’s an excellent collection, despite the absent film. But for those who bought the earlier set, it makes for an exasperating choice. Hit the jump for my Stanley Kubrick Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray review. Naturally no film lover’s Blu-ray collection is complete without a healthy sampling of Kubrick’s work. As one of the unquestioned masters of the medium, his canon helped define cinema as an art form, and Blu-ray makes an ideal format to appreciate it. The new Masterpiece Collection assembles his final eight movies: Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, »
- Rob Vaux
Every once in a while, I open an e-mail and just start laughing at what kind of opportunities I'm given. When someone asks if you want to spend time with Ryan O'Neal, Malcolm McDowell, and Leon Vitali to discuss working with Stanley Kubrick, there's only one correct answer to that. Of course. Absolutely. The interview was arranged to help promote the release of "Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection," a new Blu-ray box set that includes eight of his films, a new documentary about the legendary filmmaker, a new hardcover book, and a whole mess of extra features that have been assembled from other earlier releases. It's safe to say that I've spent most of my film-obsessed life fixated on the work of Stanley Kubrick. What's changed is which film takes the top spot for me, and I think that's something that would change for anyone considering the way each »
- Drew McWeeny
Few directors' oeuvres are as meme-able as the films of Stanley Kubrick, whose obsession with using the color red to dramatic effect is shown in this nifty supercut below (via Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria). The wall-to-wall blood reds of "The Shining" are, of course, unforgettable, as is the foreboding set design in the wild orgy sequence of "Eyes Wide Shut." But we also get to see how crimson colors work in "A Clockwork Orange," "Spartacus," "2001" and "Full Metal Jacket": never without purpose or visual beauty. Los Angeles moviegoers can catch "2001" on the big screen at the Egyptian Theatre later this month. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Maleficent Maleficent has made over $757 million so far worldwide. That's amazing to me and what's even more amazing is the fact Disney has yet to announce a sequel. Perhaps that's because this seemed to be a film so largely spear-headed by Angelina Jolie that she won't agree to a sequel until a script she considers decent is in front of her. I expect the DVD/Blu-ray to do gangbusters, which should get Disney working even harder on making that a possibility.
A Most Wanted Man I was late to the party with A Most Wanted Man, but as I wrote in my review after watching the Blu-ray I was damned impressed as this is easily one of the best films of the year so far. There are also a couple decent features on the disc, one with John le Carre taking a tour of Hamburg talking about how he created the story. »
- Brad Brevet
October may be over, but that doesn’t mean horror and sci-fi fans don’t have anything to look forward to this month. November 4th will see the release of Brett Ratner’s Hercules 3D and a few cult classics, including The Doctor and the Devils and The Ninth Configuration. There are also several indie horror movies making their debut this week, including The Taking of Deborah Logan, Ghost Bride and Dead Girls.
And for those of you looking to add a few Blu-ray collections to your home library, Amazon is releasing an exclusive set in honor of Stanley Kubrick (which looks stellar) and there’s also a new Doctor Who box set to look forward to as well.
The Doctor and the Devils (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
- Heather Wixson
2001: A Space Odyssey, Paths of Glory, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange - if only for these works of cinematic genius Stanley Kubrick would be forever remembered in the history of the medium. If you add in the rest of his films, from Spartacus to Lolita to Barry Lyndon to Eyes Wide Shut, it gets a bit overwhelming and even hyperbole doesn't seem to go far enough. The best director in the history of the medium? Sure. The most remarkable series of films ever made? Yeah, that can be argued. Yet behind these now almost mythical creations was a man from the Bronx who took photos for Look Magazine and parlayed that into an onscreen vision that spanned from noir fisticuffs to...
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"It does play like a thriller," admits Miles Teller about "Whiplash," which swept the top awards at the Sundance Film Festival and now is a hot contender in several top Oscar races. (See Gold Derby's official rankings and racetrack odds.) Movie-goers expect to see an artsy film about a fanatically obsessed drum student (Teller) and his overbearing teacher (J.K. Simmons), but it's actually a shocking drama that sometimes borders on being a horror flick. -Break- Also Read: Why we love to hate J.K. Simmons in 'Whiplash' (exclusive video) "Some people compare it to a boxing match, the best fight they've seen on screen without a punch being thrown," Teller adds in our video chat below. "It's been compared to a 'Full Metal Jacket' at Julliard. I think that's kind of appropriate and that's great because when you're talking about a movie about a young jazz drummer »
20. The Godfather (1972)
Scene: The Horse Head
It’s the sweeping epic that eventually spanned three films. But, without the sequels, the first still stands as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. The Godfather is a crime drama, a family drama, and a warped version of the American dream. The story focuses on the Corleone family, beginning at the marriage of his daughter, an expansive reception that serves as a wonderful introduction to the characters we would grow to love. Part of this intro is to demonstrate how ruthless the family could be if called to. Vito (Marlon Brando) will grant requests on this day, as it is his daughter’s wedding day. One of those requests comes from Johnny Fontane (Al Martino), Vito’s godson and a professional singer. He wants to land a contested part in a film, so »
- Joshua Gaul
Stanley Kubrick, the popular exhibition that celebrates the creative process of one of cinema's most enigmatic and essential artists, makes its Canadian premiere at Tiff Bell Lightbox from October 31, 2014 -- January 25, 2015.
Re-designed for Toronto audiences (and featuring an exclusive 15-minute collection of Kubrick clips, curated by Tiff Director of Programmes Jesse Wente), it draws on extensive archives from Kubrick's home and workplace and features rare photographs and letters, original props and costumes, screenplays, production materials, and cameras from his almost 50-year career. Stanley Kubrick is Tiff's largest exhibition to date, with almost 1,000 artifacts.
Highlights include the 'Starchild' from "2001: A Space Odyssey," the dresses of the ghostly sisters from "The Shining," the 'Born to Kill' helmet of Private Joker from "Full Metal Jacket," the authentic »
- Chris Jancelewicz
Stanley Kubrick left behind an amazing body of work when he passed away back in 1999, from A Clockwork Orange to The Shining to 2001. Kubrick’s films are all interesting, but the stories behind their creation are often every bit as fascinating as what happens on the screen. Proof of just how fascinating it was to work with Kubrick can be found in this 30-minute documentary of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the filmmaker's Vietnam War classic Full Metal Jacket. Featuring interviews with the cast and crew of the movie, this in-depth celebration of what is arguably the greatest film made about our excursion into the jungles of Southeast Asia sheds light on how the film was created, and what it was like to work with the notoriously demanding...
- Mike Bracken
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
After 25 years you would think The Simpsons creators can’t outdo themselves, and then they do. For the show’s 25th “Treehouse Of Horror” episode, the segment “A Clockwork Yellow” featured an amazing and very clever riff on Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre paying hommge to several of the director’s classics, including Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon, 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange. This isn’t the first time the show has used Kubrick’s work as inspiration; “Treehouse Of Horror V” played on The Shining with “The Shinning”. Watch the video below.
The post Video of the Day: The Simpsons Halloween Tribute To Stanley Kubrick appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Kyle Reese
Even if you're not a watcher of "The Simpsons," one of the Fox series' great annual pleasures is the Halloween "Treehouse of Horror" special, which had its 25th edition Sunday night. Matt Groening and company have spoofed Stanley Kubrick before (see "Treehouse of Horror" classic "The Shinning") but Sunday was a true homage to the great director, a hilarious, unsubtle, over-the-top meta, allusion-packed mishmash of "Barry Lyndon," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Full Metal Jacket," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "A Clockwork Orange." Along with a winking nod to the director's supposed cover-up of the Apollo moon landing (as alleged in Rodney Ascher's neat pomo doc "Room 237"). Here's a clip. Watch the full episode here. (Thanks, Vulture.) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
For a show that has been around long enough to see some of its audience grow up, get a college degree and get married, we'll give credit where it's due: "The Simpsons" can still pull out a gem from time to time. For the show's 25th "Treehouse Of Horror" episode, the segment "A Clockwork Yellow" featured a pretty clever and extended riff on Stanley Kubrick's oeuvre. The story finds Moe leading a gang of droogs comprised of Homer, Carl and Lenny into an "Eyes Wide Shut"-like party, and from there "Full Metal Jacket," "Barry Lyndon," "2001: A Space Odyssey," and obviously "A Clockwork Orange" get playfully ribbed. It's executed with a clear affection for Kubrick's films. And of course, as long time fans know, "The Simpsons" previously played on Kubrick's "The Shining" with "The Shinning" from "Treehouse Of Horror V." Not to mention the number of nods to Kubrick. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
During last night's "Treehouse of Horror" episode of "The Simpsons" the long-running animated show yet again paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick, though this time they went all out. While I didn't seem to notice any references to Lolita, Fear and Desire or The Killing it's easy to spot references to Eyes Wide Shut and A Clockwork Orange as the main inspiration along with asides to Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon and a great use of an iPhone standing in as the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey as Homer goes ape. Give it a watch below. »
- Brad Brevet
The Simpsons continued their annual Halloween tradition on Sunday night with the series' 25th "Treehouse of Horror" episode. Like past installments, it featured three short segments – but the clear highlight was "A Clockwork Yellow," a spirited spoof of Stanley Kubrick's iconic filmography. The above clip, courtesy of Vulture, features a rapid-fire spree of Kubrick references – from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Eyes Wide Shut to Full Metal Jacket to (briefly) Barry Lyndon – but focuses on a Clockwork Orange-centric plot.
"A Clockwork Yellow" stars Moe as a member of a »
Twenty years ago (wow!), The Simpsons aired what is arguably the best Treehouse of Horror episode ever, "Treehouse of Horror V," which featured the show's parody of The Shining. Last night, on this year's installment, the show went back to the Stanley Kubrick well hard. It centered on a Clockwork Orange parody, which means you finally get to hear Moe talk in Nadsat, but along the way, the show nails a bunch of other Kubrick films — Full Metal Jacket, 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, and even Barry Lyndon ("Even I forget what this is in reference to") — before giving us a yellow version of the director himself. Watch a short clip below. Or if you have Hulu Plus, you can watch the full episode there, Uncle Moneybags. »
- Jesse David Fox
Directed by Damien Chazelle.
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job. ”
The above isn’t just a powerfully resonating line of motivation that hard-ass band teacher Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) tells his most promising drummer Andrew (Milee Teller) to justify the extremities of his tutoring process, it’s a piece of dialogue that will hit home hard to anyone that has wanted not just to be competent at what they do, but to be one of the absolute best. That’s what Whiplash does. You don’t need to be involved in the jazz scene or have »
- Robert Kojder
At the peak of my transition from childhood into womanhood, I rented a VHS copy of Fright Night from my local video store. I had small crushes growing up on people like the boy who sat in front of me in choir, but when my 12 year old eyes saw Christopher Sarandon’s performance as Jerry Dandridge it was all over. I think for most people, we distinctly remember the first time we see someone that makes us “feel” different. To me, Dandridge is the epitome of the charming bad boy. The constant threat of danger is a thrilling fantasy but the fact he didn’t look (or act) like the monsters and murders I’d seen in other horror films was alluring. He smirked sideways with homosexual undertones and he could woo a woman in a dance party setting just by looking at her. He had the body of a »
- BJ Colangelo
'Whiplash' movie review: 'Emotionally explosive film' (photo: J.K. Simmons in 'Whiplash') Damien Chazelle, writer and director of Whiplash, his 2014 Sundance Film Festival-winning second feature, is himself a musical prodigy of sorts. He attended the sort of prestigious musical conservatory his protagonist — played by the acerbic, ascending star Miles Teller — attends in Chazelle's sharply realized, emotionally explosive film. Whiplash, in fact, is a most appropriate title. The “insider's” perspective can sometimes burden a young filmmaker — or a filmmaker of any age, really. Knowing too much can be a trap; the inclination to “get it right” down to the last well-known detail can muddy a story and stifle narrative flow. And there's the possibility — or rather, the likelihood — that the filmmaker's personal experience is actually interesting only to the filmmaker. Chazelle avoids these pitfalls. Whiplash, while stylish and slightly elliptical, is neither muddy nor stifling. It flows freely; it's literally »
- Tim Cogshell
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